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Pasta Salad with Arugula, Feta & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Serves eight to ten as a side dish.

  • To learn more, read:
    Tiny Pastas, Big Flavors
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 51

You can also substitute baby spinach for the arugula in this Greek-inspired pasta salad.

  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 lb. arugula, washed (stem and rip the leaves into smaller pieces if they're large)
  • 6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives (16 to 20), quartered (see How to pit olives)
  • 2 heaping Tbs. drained, thinly sliced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (or 8 sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated in hot water and thinly sliced)
  • 1 lb. dried small or medium shells or orecchiette
  • 1 Tbs. red-wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, cut in a chiffonade

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Put the arugula, feta, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes in a large bowl. Reserve or refrigerate until needed.

Cook the pasta in the boiling water until it's just tender, about 9 minutes (follow the package's instructions). Meanwhile, add the vinegar and oil to the arugula salad, season liberally with salt and pepper, and toss well. Drain the pasta, add it to the salad, and toss. Check the seasonings and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, adding the basil just before serving.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on ten servings; Calories (kcal): 280; Fat (g): fat g 11; Fat Calories (kcal): 100; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3.5; Protein (g): protein g 9; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 36; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 540; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 15; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Great way to use fresh Arugula growing in my garden. I used Cavatelli pasta and found that the flavors of all the ingredients were perfect. I thought that the Arugula might overwhelm the salad but when the warm pasta is added to the salad ingredients all the flavors blend and the Arugula seems less zippy. Next time, I might extra salad ingredients to the pasta.

This recipe was very quick and easy to prepare and delicious! I substituted baby spinach as my family prefers the taste. The flavors of the Kalamata olives, Sundried tomatoes, Feta cheese and the dressing blend together nicely. Super healthy pasta & green salad. My husband and I especially loved it! I'll definitely make this salad again :)

very good and easy to make. great left over.

A favorite of my family, and great hot weather dinner. Fast, easy, super-savory and a nice mix of light and rich. I usually increase all the 'salad' ingredients in proportion to the pasta.

Made it a few times - once for a large family reunion. Received a lot of compliments.

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